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Ex-USC commit Bru McCoy may be leaving Texas to be a Trojan after all

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What a long, strange trip it has been for Texas Longhorns wide receiver Bru McCoy. Just months after being released from his National Letter of Intent at USC so he could transfer to Texas, McCoy could potentially be on the move once more. And USC may be back in play.

According to a report from USC reporter Chris Trevino of 247 Sports, McCoy is exploring his transfer options, with the intent of heading back to the Trojans. That is certainly coming full cycle on the recruiting process, and this would certainly be one of the most bizarre recruiting stories told in recent history around college football.

At this point, there is no official confirmation that McCoy is in the transfer portal or that he is back on his way to USC. If McCoy is indeed about to go back through the transfer process, technically, any school could be on the radar for his commitment.

 

McCoy enrolled at USC after signing on as an early signing day commitment to the Trojans in December. But after USC lost short-time offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury to a head coaching job with the Arizona Cardinals in the NFL, McCoy re-evaluated his decision and ultimately decided to pack his bags and leave USC for the Longhorns in Texas. USC released McCoy from his NLI on January 25, with reports surfacing mere hours later he had signed a financial aid agreement with Texas.

Although McCoy transferred, it was expected he would eventually be among the many players being granted immediate eligibility to play as early as this fall instead of having to sit out a full season before being allowed to step on the field. That should still remain the expectation if McCoy ends up back where he started, but we’ll just have to wait and see how this all plays out before being able to know for sure. At this stage of the game, anything could potentially be in play. Heck, there is still time for McCoy to transfer to USC and back to Texas before the first game of the season.

All joking aside, this is another reminder that incoming freshmen are still 18-year olds that may not have everything quite figured out. As long as McCoy ends up at a place he feels most comfortable in the end, this long drawn-out process may prove to be worth it in the grand scheme of things. And if he does end up at USC, head coach Clay Helton will get a nice boost of positive news in what has been a rather turbulent offseason.

Will USC’s loss end up being USC’s gain? That would certainly be something.

Four-star 2019 corner tweets transfer from Arkansas

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For the second time today, there’s some Arkansas personnel news on which to touch.

Monday, Chad Morris confirmed that linebacker D’Vone McClure left the team to deal with family responsibilities.  Later that same day, teammate Devin Bush took to Twitter to announce that, “[a]fter speaking with my parents and coaches, I’ve made the decision to officially enter the transfer portal.”

A four-star member of the Razorbacks’ 2019 recruiting class, Bush was rated as the No. 28 corner in the country and the No. 13 player at any position in the state of Louisiana.  The New Orleans native was the highest-rated defensive signee in Arkansas’ class this year.

Because he played in just four games this year, Bush will be able to take a redshirt for his true freshman season.

WR Weston Bridges is fourth Michigan State player to enter portal

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In the offseason, Weston Bridges changed positions.  Midway through the 2019 season, it appears Bridges is now set to change schools.

On his personal Twitter account Monday afternoon, Bridges indicated that he has decided to take his leave of Michigan State and transfer to an undetermined elsewhere.  It has subsequently been confirmed that the wide receiver is headed into the NCAA transfer database.

A three-star member of the Spartans’ 2017 recruiting class, Bridges was rated as the No. 31 running back in the country and the No. 24 player at any position in the state of Ohio.  During the spring this year, Bridges moved from running back to receiver.

After redshirting as a true freshman, Bridges carried the ball 16 times for 53 yards last season.  He was suspended for a late-September game because of unspecified violations of team rules.

Bridges is the fourth MSU football player to enter the portal since the 2019 season kicked off, joining linebacker Brandon Bouyer-Randle (HERE) as well as a pair of running backs in Connor Heyward (HERE) and La’Darius Jefferson (HERE).

Louisville’s season-opening QB starter to undergo year-ending surgery

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Jawon Pass began the 2019 season as Louisville’s starter under center.  After a couple of weeks of uncertainty, the redshirt junior will end it on the sidelines.

Pass suffered what turned out to be diagnosed as a case of turf toe in the season-opening loss to Notre Dame.  It wasn’t severe enough, however, to keep the starting quarterback out of the Week 2 win over Eastern Kentucky.

The past four games, though, Pass has been sidelined because of the injury.  Tuesday, it was confirmed by the football program that, as some have speculated, Pass will undergo surgery and, as a result, miss the remainder of the 2019 season.

With Pass sidelined, Malik Cunningham had started all four games in his place.  The redshirt sophomore, though, has been dealing with his own injuries, including a knee issue, that at least temporarily knocked him out of a pair of games.

True freshman Evan Conley replaced Cunningham both times, and was even named as the ACC’s Quarterback and Rookie of the Week for his performance in the upset of Wake Forest this past weekend.

For the season, Cunningham has completed 44-of-66 passes (66.7 percent) for 820 yards, seven touchdowns, one interception.  Conley is at a 64.9 completion percentage on his 37 attempts, throwing for 422 yards, four touchdowns and a pick.  Cunningham is the Cardinals third-leading rusher with 226 yards, while Conley is fifth with 84.

As of today, head coach Scott Satterfield has not named a starter for this weekend’s game against No. 3 Clemson.

USC’s leading rusher set for knee surgery

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Vavae Malepeai tolerated the pain as long as he could, until he couldn’t.

A knee injury sidelined Malepeai for most of USC’s summer camp.  Even as he had played — and played well — in all six games, the issue lingered on into the regular season; this weekend, the pause button was hit on Malepeai’s year as Clay Helton confirmed that the running back will undergo surgery to repair the damage to his knee.

No timetable for a return was given.

“Vavae is a warrior,” the head coach said according to the Los Angeles Times. “[He was] dealing with a sore knee and really fighting through it for his team. It’s just gotten to the point where it’s gotten too sore, so we’re going to go ahead and take care of it now.”

Malepeai’s 406 yards rushing and four touchdowns currently lead the Trojans.

With Malepeai out for the foreseeable future, Markese Stepp and Stephen Carr will see their opportunities in the running game increase.  Stepp is second on the team with 241 yards rushing, Carr third at 233.  Both players have a pair of touchdowns each on the ground.